Current Studies

 

We are always looking for children and families to participate in our studies! Listed below are studies that are currently taking place in our lab. 

Optimism Project 

Age: 3- to 6-year-old children
 
The purpose of this study is to understand the development of optimism in young children, with a specific focus on children growing up in St. Louis. Optimism may be especially important in the early years of life and influence how children learn, confront challenges, and persevere in the face of setbacks. This study addresses a number of questions about early optimism including whether it is expressed differently in children compared to adults, the role of environmental factors, and the influence of children's early experiences. Through this research we hope to gain a clearer picture of how optimism guides and shapes future learning. 
 
Researcher: Laura
 

Learning and Trust Study 

Age: 3- to 6-year-old children

This study concerns how children learn from and trust different people, and whether the background of the person affects children's learning (e.g., familiarity, race, gender, etc.). Through this study we hope to better understand how different teachers can affect children's learning, with the goal of finding better ways to educate our children and help them to become successful learners. 

Researcher: Grace

Social Dynamic Study

Age: 3- to 6-year-old children

The purpose of the study is to understand how children start to think about peer relationships. Children will play virtual ball tossing games with cartoon characters and pictures of other children on a computer. We hope that this study will improve our understanding of social development in young children and how to better foster their social development. 

Researcher: Grace